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Let's bring in Monica Crowley and syndicated radio talk show host also at Fox News contributor let's start with Snowden in many people calling him a martyr.
But so much people are relying so much on what he said and yesterday general Alexander who is testifying head of the NSA.
When Snowden had said he could tap into anything americans' phone or email it.
Alexander said that's false gap so we act and we have to take what he says at this point very carefully grain of -- I think.
Look there are a lot of parts of the story that really aren't quite jelling and there are a lot of conflicting pieces that enough information as you just mentioned but also how much money he was making he claimed he is making over 200000 it's actually about 122.
These may seem like small details but it does really cast a shadow.
On -- larger credibility we really know much about this -- at all we don't really know the level of access that he had the NSA director was disputing that yesterday.
We don't know what kind of information he's in possession of he claims he has more that he's going to disclosed we don't know any of that we actually really don't know who he's working for.
I mean the fact that he fled to Hong Kong and he's giving these interviews now to the South China Sea morning press.
And he's talking to the Chinese about wanting to fight extradition back to United States.
We really don't know whose side he's on that's a separate issue apart learned from the -- disclosures that he's made that is.
But the disclosures that he's made have started this conversation which he claims he wanted to start about privacy and everything else because we are talking about it now -- even cut testifying about it on Capitol Hill.
Where do you stand -- all of that and the defense is Peter said from Robert -- today the FBI director that if these programs were in place before 9/11 maybe they would have prevented the attack.
Maybe but there's no really there there's no good way of knowing knowing -- right.
Might everytime I think about this and I think about their argument that this is so critical in terms of fighting terrorism and our national security I want to believe that's true and I'm all for.
I'm all for secrecy in terms of carrying out -- national security policies to keep the American people safe.
But I also think is a critical question to ask.
What are they doing in our name you know it's one thing to go in and take a look at potential terrorists and terrorist suspects who are abroad or even who are here at home.
-- really start casting a larger net.
We cut at the American people really do have a right to know what -- doing in -- -- the largest net is the collection of phone records but did these as the wall street journal editorial page pointed out I think last week.
These data sets are so enormous that -- only algorithms can understand them right and so.
We actually it's less of an invasion of privacy with this vast amount of information because the alternative would be individual searches and it and then actually having to target.
Individuals and -- -- -- -- know what you thought of that yeah I know I think that most of the American people would before that's taking most of the American people are for.
Giving up some level of privacy in order to be secure given this new threat environments.
But when you take a look at this or -- -- case for example this case that was tailor made for exactly this kind of surveillance program.
You had two individuals here you -- red flares being sent up by a foreign government by Vladimir Putin's government watch these two individuals.
He -- overseas phone calls taking place to Chechnya of all places.
If this dragnet really were working it should've caught -- -- -- Brothers before they were able to carry out that terror attack so I think most of the American people would say.
This is a great program if it's gonna keep it safe and it unsafe and if it's going to be run confidently and efficiently put -- we -- -- to see that -- put up -- body searches at the airport that's an invasion of privacy and that's exactly right and -- given the context of this severe abuse of power that we're seeing from the IRS this kind of -- -- program gets put in that context fairly or not the American people are saying wait a minute here.
How much privacy do we really have left is this really -- America -- problems.
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